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Thursday, September 15, 2022

Oahu Man Pleads Guilty Robbing Multiple Banks and Attempting to Rob a Restaurant

HONOLULU – Micah Roman-Santos, 23, of Oahu, pleaded guilty today before U.S. Magistrate Judge Kenneth J. Mansfield to two counts of bank robbery, one count of armed bank robbery, and one count of attempted Hobbs Act robbery. Sentencing is set for January 25, 2023, before U.S. District Judge Leslie E. Kobayashi.

According to information presented in court, Roman-Santos committed a series of robberies in October 2021. On October 1, he robbed a bank in Aiea. In that robbery, he threatened to shoot the teller and stole $348. The next day, Roman-Santos attempted to rob a restaurant in Kapolei and threatened to kill the restaurant manager. When the manager refused to give him any money, Roman-Santos punched the manager and fled the restaurant. On October 4, Roman-Santos robbed a second bank in Waianae. In that robbery, Roman-Santos again threatened to shoot the teller, but also displayed what appeared to be a firearm tucked into his waistband. He stole $900 from the Waianae bank. On October 7, 2021, Roman-Santos robbed a third bank in Kapolei. During that robbery, Roman-Santos again claimed to have a gun and stole $1,100.

“Roman-Santos callously victimized multiple people and businesses, violently disrupting what should have been an ordinary workday,” said U.S. Attorney Clare E. Connors. “Protecting our community from such violence and threats of violence remains a high priority of the Department of Justice and this office.”

“The FBI is committed to protecting Hawaii from violent crimes such as this, and preventing putting innocent civilians at risk,” said FBI Special Agent in Charge Steven Merrill. “The FBI is committed to working with the Honolulu Police Department to bring this case to the federal level with stiffer penalties and no opportunity for parole.”

The charges of bank robbery and Hobbs Act robbery provide for a maximum sentence of 20 years, a fine of up to $250,000, and a term of supervised release of up to three years. The charge of armed bank robbery provides for a maximum sentence of 25 years, a fine of up to $250,000, and a term of supervised release of up to five years. Sentences are  imposed by a federal district court judge based upon the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.

This conviction is the result of a multi-agency investigation conducted by  the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Honolulu Police Department.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Mohammad Khatib is prosecuting the case.

Topic(s): 
Violent Crime
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Contact: 
Elliot Enoki Elliot.Enoki@usdoj.gov
Updated September 19, 2022